Mysore Trip Five: Locked In

Mysore Trip Five: Locked In

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Nov 2, 2015

Two days ago I arrived in India for my fifth trip to study yoga at the KPJAYI in Mysore. So many things have changed since I made my first trip five seasons ago. I’m much more relaxed and strong now than I was then, so much more comfortable in the practice and in teaching, and […]

Eyes Open

Eyes Open

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Jan 2, 2015

This practice of yoga has opened my eyes. It’s been a prying open. Raw. Like you might see in a horror movie: a victim’s eyes forced wide to watch some terrible scene on a flickering television screen. Except what I’ve seen since my eyes have been forced open is not terrible at all. It’s been scary […]

A (Yogic) Photographer’s Assistant

A (Yogic) Photographer’s Assistant

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Dec 15, 2014

Behind the Scenes By far one of my favorite jobs ever has been assisting Christine Hewitt of Yogic Photos during her asana portrait sessions. She was kind enough to share some of the shots she took while I was at work: Assisting the beautiful Ainia into Supta Kurmasana. A crisp, clean shot is all about the […]

Mysore Trip Four: Yamas and Niyamas, Pillars of the Practice

Mysore Trip Four: Yamas and Niyamas, Pillars of the Practice

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Nov 14, 2014

Every morning I wake up, rub the sleep from my eyes, make a cup of coffee and try to practice Ashtanga Yoga. I start with a few hours of asana. I inhale and exhale, bending my body into different shapes and experiences, and hopefully removing some of the samskaras stuck between my joints. I try […]

Mysore Trip Four: Travel Update and Conference Notes

Mysore Trip Four: Travel Update and Conference Notes

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Oct 22, 2014

“A Beautiful Habit.” To get to Mysore from New York City takes roughly 30 hours. Between taxis and planes and layovers and delays I notice a sense of internal calm I haven’t felt before. This is my fourth trip. I’ve already done this three times. As my boyfriend says, it’s not a coincidence anymore… I’m […]

Post-India Daze

Post-India Daze

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Jan 26, 2014

It takes me roughy a month to decompress from life in India and settle back in to the peculiar comforts of western life. I love these post-India days. I remember my time in Mysore vividly through my jet lag. It was truly inspiring. As I grocery shop in Harlem at 6am because I can’t sleep, […]

“You can sail around and around on the ocean for years. But it’s only when you dive in that you know the beauty of the sea.” -R. Sharath Jois

“You can sail around and around on the ocean for years. But it’s only when you dive in that you know the beauty of the sea.” -R. Sharath Jois

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Dec 9, 2013

Conference Notes December 8, 2013 It seems like the whole shala has been sick at these past few weeks. Poor Sharath finally caught the bug and began conference apologizing and telling us he’d do his best to get through. His doubt was unfounded because he delivered an inspiring and poignant conference, as always! Sharath began […]

“Yoga is my breath and my heart.” –R. Sharath Jois

“Yoga is my breath and my heart.” –R. Sharath Jois

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Dec 3, 2013

Conference Notes December 1, 2013 Sharath began conference by quoting a passage from the Bhagavad Gita and noting that yoga is not new to us. It was old even when the Bagavad Gita was written! He said that when god created this universe, then yoga started. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna talks about parampara. This means […]

Full

Full

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Nov 27, 2013

The full moon was November 17. In traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice, we take rest on the new and full moon. Many believe that because humans are made mostly of water, we too, are affected by the pull of the moon. The moon’s relative position to the earth creates energetic atmospheres, and the full moon’s energy […]

Staged Sunrise

Staged Sunrise

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Nov 13, 2013

6:30am. After morning yoga practice at 4:30am, this is my view walking home and gazing east from my balcony. This is a first draft; presented to you unedited, barely re-read…as a stream of my thoughts…and my first post from India! Staged Sunrise This morning’s hazy scrim raises slower than usual. Stage hand’s missed his cue […]

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